Robinson Cartage wins national safety award

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Robinson Cartage, a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based provider of heavy-hauling transportation, recently received the 2006 Transportation Group Safety Improvement Award from the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association in recognition of its fleet safety efforts. The awards are part of the trade association’s ongoing efforts to encourage its members to transport, lift and erect oversized or overweight items safely.

Robinson Cartage — which transports machines, equipment, construction materials and other oversized loads — was one of nine companies nationwide to receive the award, which demonstrated a reduction in accident frequency rates for miles traveled compared on a year-over-year basis. The company — which owns and operates a fleet of more than 25 trucks and 125 trailers — logged more than 2.1 million miles during 2005 with only one accident, compared with 1.95 million miles and two accidents the preceding year.

“Safety is one of our primary concerns, and we are very pleased to have our efforts recognized by SC&RA,” says David Scripps, president of Robinson Cartage. “Our accident rate is consistently well below the industry average because we hire good drivers and emphasize safety training.”